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Old 08-18-2015, 08:40 AM   #1
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Goodyear tire going bald on one edge

Folks, I have an HT 26.5 RLS that we purchased in Jan. 2012 and have used the last four summers with no tire problems. We took a 3,500 mile trip last spring as well as going to Zion and up to and back from Grand Teton National Park 12 times. However, when hooking up at the Park on Monday I noticed that the inside tread in going bald on the driver side rear tire. All the other tires look fine. The tires are Marathons, OEM on this trailer, 225 75R 15 Load Range D. I don't really want to replace all four tires so was considering buying two new Marathons and replacing the two rear tires. I haven't looked at the production dates, but they don't seem to be showing any signs of cracking or other problems associated with "old" tires. I looked at Maxxis tires, but the prices kind of scare me off, as well, we don't have any dealers for Maxis around here in the middle of Wyoming. What do you think about the idea of two tires and simply replacing both the rear tires at this time?

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Old 08-19-2015, 10:33 AM   #2
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I think I would have the spindle looked at, at that wheel. Its possible that maybe its bent (up words) a little and that would cause a wear on only one tire like you have described. Maybe this is bad advice, but if it were me and the spindle checked out fine, Id find a tire shop that would be willing to just flip the tire around (turn it so the bad tread is on the outside) on that wheel as long as your not showing any cords yet, to buy yourself a couple years. If you follow everyone's advice, those tires should be good for a couple more years

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Old 08-19-2015, 11:28 AM   #3
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Bent axle most likely. Had the same thing on our 2011 31.5 RLTS. Jayco replaced the axle under warranty. Ours was on the right rear.
I pulled the spare tire and switched rims until I got the axle replaced. Would make more sense then replacing 2 tires and getting the years out of sequence on the tires. At least that was the way I saw it.
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Old 08-19-2015, 11:45 AM   #4
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Your concern on tire brands because of a lack of dealers is valid. Your statement on Maxxis being pricey is not. When you blow one and it wipes out the under belly or the side of your camper to the tune of a couple thousand, the price of tires becomes very minor!!!!
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Old 08-20-2015, 05:52 AM   #5
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For what it's worth!! If your trailer is a 2012, it's a fair chance that your tires were manufactured in 2011 or early 2012. I have Marathons on now. Just put them on in June. Had to put them on in a emergency situation. They were 5 years old. Was on a trip and while I was putting blocks under the wheels to level, I saw a 6 inch strip on the inside of 1 tire with steel showing thru. Clearly tire separation. Rest of the tires looked fine. When I went to change it, turns out the spare had the wrong lug pattern. We were on our way to Boone, N.C. From Md. for a wedding. I got online to find a tire dealer on the way that had facilities for handling a FW. There was a dealer 135 miles down the road that could change out the tires. Long story short is that we got there and put all 4 tires on. He also was a Marathon dealer, so thats what we bought. I had a Arctic Fox previously that had Marathons on it. I'm pretty fanatical about caring for my tires, so I look at them regularly. We were coming thru Terra Haute, Ind. when one of them blew. They were 5 years old. Soon as I got home, I replaced those tires.
Where all of this is leading to is that my experience tells me that you really need to change trailer tires near the 5 year date, know matter how good they look. I have no problem carrying a 5 year old as a spare because thats just what it is, a spare. Something to get me off the road. Again, this is for what its worth.
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Old 08-21-2015, 02:28 PM   #6
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I would say you need to find out what the problem is with the tire wear first. After that, one thing to consider is that if you only replace two tires you will constantly be replacing two tires every two or three years ,which for me, would be a hassle. I'd rather replace all four and let them ride for 5 years (maybe 6 depending on how you use them).


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